Jeff Devasher

“I’m a Nashville Defender because I believe the quality of justice people receive should not depend upon how much money they have.”

Meet the Defenders

Jeff DeVasher graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University and earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University. While in law school, he worked in the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office as an intern and law clerk. He began his career as an Assistant Public Defender upon his admission to the Tennessee Bar in 1985.
Following a brief assignment to General Sessions Court, DeVasher served as a trial attorney in Criminal Court for four years, handling hundreds of cases and multiple felony jury trials. In 1989, he became head of the office’s newly-created Appellate Division, where he has remained since. He supervises the office’s appellate practice, which involves cases appealed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and Tennessee Supreme Court. He has been appellate counsel of record in approximately 400 cases.

DeVasher is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, and served as chairman of its Appellate Practice Committee in 2010-11. A member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he currently serves as as chairman of its Amicus Committee, and previously chaired the committee in 1996-97. He is a member of the Nashville Bar Association and a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation.

DeVasher served on the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission from 1996 to 2007. From 2010 to 2013, he served on the Tennessee Judicial Conference’s Bench Bar Committee.

In 2000, DeVasher was chosen by the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission as a nominee for a seat on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. In 2011, he was nominated for a seat on the Court of Criminal Appeals by the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission.

DeVasher presents an annual case law update at meetings of the Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference and Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has lectured on the topic of appellate practice at seminars sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, and Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has also spoken at the Tennessee Judicial Conference and has served as a panelist at the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor and guest instructor at the Nashville School of Law, and a panelist and speaker at Belmont University College of Law.